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Todd Nickle Memorial Fund

Todd completed bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Calgary, and earned his PhD in Botany at Oklahoma State University. One year later (in 1999), he joined Mount Royal as a faculty member. Todd noted, “I didn’t start out wanting to teach, but as I pursued my PhD and master’s — there is working with students throughout that — I found that’s where I lit up. That’s where I had opportunities to be creative and make analogies and be challenged and talk back and forth. I kind of fell into it.”

Of course, it was also something he excelled at. Todd was an experienced, generous, and enthusiastic teacher, and he set aside remarkable amounts of time for his students (office hours? “By appointment or just stop by!”). He brought science to life in inventive, creative ways; he relished challenging his students and engaging them in authentic activities to connect their studies to real life. For Todd, student learning was a journey of transformation.

In 2012, Todd was among the first group of faculty members to be promoted to full Professor, and in 2015 he received the Distinguished Faculty Award, after being nominated by both students and colleagues.

Everything about Todd's career reflected his passion for undergraduate teaching. He gathered a group of biology educators from around the province and shepherded an official society: the Alberta Introductory Biology Association (AIBA), which was later renamed the Undergraduate Biology Educators of Alberta (UBEA). Todd was the inaugural president of AIBA, organized the 2014 AIBA conference (held at Mount Royal University), and continued to be involved with UBEA through 2021. He was a textbook author, an early adopter of educational technology, and was constantly innovating and experimenting with teaching techniques and assessment strategies.

More than all this, Todd was part of the Mount Royal family; he was a colleague and a friend.

At the wish of the family, donations will be used to support a scholarship in Todd's name.

If you wish, you can leave a message of condolence for the family in the description section, or send an eCard.


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